This article first appeared on Ker & Downey on June 25, 2013. It has been updated to reflect 2017 festival dates. 

Ker & Downey loves a party, and no matter where you go in our big, beautiful world, you’ll find a reason to celebrate. With the summertime festival season in full swing around the globe, we’ve rounded up our favorite festivals that aren’t to be missed this year.


Aberdeen Australia Highland Games – First Saturday in July 
The Scottish heritage is alive and well in Aberdeen, New South Wales. To commemorate their heritage, residents of Aberdeen organized their very own Highland Games in 2000. This year’s festivities include Pipes and Drums Bands, Highland Country Dancing, a Tartan Warriors and Tug of War Competition, and a traditional Ceilidh, a favorite among attenders.


Edinburgh Festival Fringe – 2017 Dates to Be Confirmed
Performers of all sorts take over Scotland’s capital at this annual international celebration of theatre arts. On stage or in the streets, there a show everywhere you turn during this incredible three-week festival. This is also the only time of year to see the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo perform in historic Edinburgh Castle.

National Eisteddfod Week – August 5 – 12, 2017
Each year over 150,000 visitors attend this traveling festival which started in 1861 to commemorate the Welsh language. This year, the week-long celebration will be held in Denbighshire with music, literature, dance, and theatre performances paying homage to the native tongue.

La Tomatina Festival – August 30, 2017
Part of a larger festival in honor of the patron saint San Luis Bertran, the town of Bunol hosts the world’s biggest food fight each year. Witness the days of parades and frivolity culminating in a frenzy of tomato throwing at Plaza del Pueblo.

South America

Buenos Aires World Tango Festival – August 2017 Dates to be Confirmed
Head to the home of the tango for an amazing week sure to spark some romance. The world’s best dancers and musicians show off their skills in a variety of performances and offer lessons so you can take a piece of the tango home with you.

South Africa

Knysna Oyster Festival – July 7 – 16, 2017
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival in South Africa. Beginning June 28 and running through July 7, the event includes a wine festival and night food market, oyster-shucking and eating competition, a marathon and half marathon, as well as a two-day cycling event. Over the course of ten days, over 200,000 oysters are consumed. Each official event raises money for charity, with over one million Rand raised last year.

Hermanus Times Kalfiefees
Hermanus on South African’s Western Cape celebrates the arrival of the southern right whale with food, wine, and live performances. Entertainment abounds on land and out to sea as the migrating whales do their offshore dance.

Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show 
Established in 1971 and located in the historic Clanwilliam Church, the Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show exhibits about 400 species of flowers from all over the Western Cape region, including new growth species following the January fire. This year the show is focusing on how wildflowers perpetuate themselves and the millions of tiny insects that pollinate the plants. To see the way insects see plants, be sure to explore the ultraviolet viewing room.

For more information about including a visit to a summertime festival in your journey, contact your travel professional.